"That's not fair!" I hear that a lot in my home full of young boys. Whether it is about discipline or gifts, I hear those words far too often.
When someone cries, "That's not fair," it's a cry for justice.
We see injustice all around us. It's in the home. It's in the justice system. It's in politics. It's in the workplace. Injustice is even seen throughout the Bible.
Listen to David's cry in Psalm 35. "O Lord, oppose those who oppose me. Fight those who fight against me. Put on your armor, and take up your shield. Prepare for battle, and come to my aid. Lift your spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Let me hear you say, “I will give you victory!” Bring shame and disgrace on those trying to kill me; turn them back and humiliate those who want to harm me" (Psalm 35:1-4).
If you ever feel like you've had a bad day, study the life of David. King Saul's men undeservedly hunted down David. He knew injustice even when God's hand was on him. But he relied on God to avenge him.
When we experience injustice, it'd be easy to retaliate, but David promotes the right response. Today, when injustice inexperienced, turn to God. He will not abandon you.
Reflect: Read Psalm 35. What frustrates David most about his situation? How is David showing both trust and praise to God?
Respond: How can you wait on God's justice? How can you celebrate God's faithfulness?